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Groundhog Day

  1. January 28th, 2014  | 

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Published in Event, Strategic Planning

This Sunday is Groundhog Day.

It’s a custom begun in the 18th century among Pennsylvanians who brought this tradition from Germany: a groundhog that sees his shadow returns to his burrow for six more weeks of winter weather; a groundhog that pops out and stays out means we can anticipate an early spring.

The 1993 comedy film “Groundhog Day” stars Bill Murray as a selfish TV weatherman who is forced to relive the day over and over again until he can learn to become a better person.

Today, the phrase “Groundhog Day” has come to represent going through a phenomenon over and over until one spiritually transcends it.

As you look around your organization, what do you see? Has it improved to any significant degree from where it was one year ago? Or are you living your own version of “Groundhog Day” in your workplace?

Often, the answer is “not really.” The primary reason is the lack of movement toward a clearly defined dream.

Ask yourself three questions:

  1. What does success look like?
  2. Do my daily actions demonstrate that I am moving toward success or away from it?
  3. What one change can I make to move me closer to the success I say that I want?

Happy Groundhog Day!

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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